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Sequester squeezes judiciary in Massachusetts

The so-called sequester of federal funds has begun to have serious consequences for the federal court system in Massachusetts, with probation officials cutting back certain programs and the Public Defender Office having to force lawyers who represent low-income defendants to take furloughs.

The court system was already facing significant budget cuts for the 2013 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, and those cuts were exacerbated by Congress’s failure to prevent the sequester, — $85 billion in across-the-board cuts — from taking effect on March 1, court officials said.

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